conveniently left out the rest of old Harry's platform. Let's see, if you're a single issue voter, and that issue is abortion, I guess Harry or Gore would be your man. But if any of the other big issues like SS Privatization, doing away with the marriage tax penalty, more local control of schools and tax reduction in general, Bush more closely follows Brown's model.
As far as government "interfering" on abortion, there is the matter of civil rights for babies about to be born. Civil rights were a Federal issue last I heard. I still think that a drunk that kills an 8 month pregnant woman has killed 2 people. I think the victim's family would feel the same way.
Well, here's the rest of Harry's view on other issues. If you like Harry, then Gore's views must turn your stomach:
Harry Browne Libertarian
George W. Bush Republican
Alan Keyes Republican
Albert Gore Jr. Democrat
- Harry Browne -- "I oppose abortion..."
George W. Bush -- Pro-life with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother.
Alan Keyes -- Pro-life. Does not support abortion except in cases where fetal death is a collateral consequence of efforts to save a mother's life...
Albert Gore Jr. -- Pro-choice...
- Harry Browne -- "I oppose Affirmative Action..."
George W. Bush -- Opposes quotas and racial preferences.
Alan Keyes -- Opposes affirmative action on the contention that it divides the people, and patronizes minority groups.
Albert Gore Jr. -- Supports affirmative action.
- Harry Browne -- "I favor an end to the War on Drugs..."
George W. Bush -- Would increase sentences.
Alan Keyes -- "I've never been somebody who thought that you should be applying capital punishment indiscriminately. But I do believe that it is necessary in certain instances in order for a society to show due respect for life."
Albert Gore Jr. -- ...he believes there is no more fundamental responsibility than to make Americans safer and more secure -- in their homes, on the sidewalks, and in their communities...
- Harry Browne -- "...stop American interference in the policies of other countries."
George W. Bush -- Supports rebuilding America's military strength to keep the peace...
Alan Keyes -- He believes we have carried cutbacks too far.
Albert Gore Jr. -- ...supports a strong military and calls for continued development of advanced weaponry.
- Harry Browne -- "I would end drug prohibition and the War on Drugs..."
George W. Bush -- Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
Alan Keyes -- Increase penalties for selling drugs. Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Albert Gore Jr. -- "The hours between 2 & 6 are the most perilous hours of the day for our children. A teenager is most likely to take up smoking between the hours of 2 & 6. That means we must engage our children in positive, constructive activities between the hours of 2 & 6, [by expanding] access to quality after-school care for all our children."
- Harry Browne -- "The federal government has no Constitutional authority to legislate about groups, about marriage, about any personal matters."
George W. Bush -- Bush opposes the extension of hate crime laws to protect gays and homosexual adoption.
Alan Keyes -- "the effort to equate homosexual and lesbian relations with legal marriage represents a destructive assault on the heterosexual, marriage-based family..."
Albert Gore Jr. -- Supported ENDA, an annually proposed, yet not yet passed, federal employment non-discrimination law which would protect gays and lesbians in the workplace...
- Harry Browne -- "I would remove the federal government from education entirely..."
George W. Bush -- Supports school choice.
Alan Keyes -- Strongly favor school choice approaches...
Albert Gore Jr. -- "I oppose vouchers..."
- Harry Browne -- "The two largest sources of pollution in America are:
(1) government agencies polluting their own property; and
(2) government allowing private companies to pollute government lakes, rivers, roads, and lands with strip-mining, clear-cutting, and toxic-waste-dumping..."
George W. Bush -- Believes environmental standards must be based on sound science, solutions based on market driven technologies...
Alan Keyes -- He supports weighing the impact of environmental legislation on jobs, private property rights, and economic concerns.
Albert Gore Jr. -- Al Gore has long been associated with environmental protection...
- Harry Browne -- "I believe in the separation of school and state, which makes the question of what to teach in school completely irrelevant to the government. Parents would choose whether to send their children to a school that teaches evolution or a school that teaches creationism. The government would have no say in the matter."
George W. Bush -- Believes both evolution and creationism are valid educational subjects...
Alan Keyes -- ...Favors only local control of schools, which would open the door for the teaching of Creationism in public schools...
Albert Gore Jr. -- Favors the teaching of evolution in the public schools...
- Harry Browne -- "I favor no government aid whatsoever..."
George W. Bush -- Interventionist...
Alan Keyes -- Non-interventionist...
Albert Gore Jr. -- Interventionist.
- Harry Browne -- "I oppose gun control..."
George W. Bush -- Opposes gun control.
Alan Keyes -- Opposes.
Albert Gore Jr. -- Supports gun control legislation...
- Harry Browne -- "The federal government is the biggest barrier to good health. Medicare and Medicaid have run up the price of health care; federal and state mandates have priced health insurance outside the reach of young people; federal regulations have overloaded doctors and made them less able to treat their patients efficiently and inexpensively. I would abolish the FDA so that life-saving medicines are available sooner. The federal government has no Constitutional authority to be involved in health care."
George W. Bush -- Supports medical savings accounts as a health insurance option for all Americans. Supports giving patients in federally governed health care plans protections similar to those already enacted in Texas; opposes legislation that would supersede reforms already enacted by states.
Alan Keyes -- Favors allowing Americans to set up a tax-free medical savings account, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs...
Albert Gore Jr. -- Supports. Wants to expand the availability of high quality health care to all Americans, especially seniors and children...
- Harry Browne -- "It is ludicrous to look to Washington for moral and ethical leadership..."
George W. Bush -- Proposed spending at least as much on abstinence education as on teen contraception programs.
Alan Keyes -- Supports school prayer, and a parent's right to choose a child's school...
Albert Gore Jr. -- On the votes that the Christian Voice considered to be the most important in 1991-1992, Gore as a US Senator voted their preferred position 9 percent of the time.
- Harry Browne -- "I would take Social Security completely away from the politicians -- and care for today's retirees with private annuities paid for by selling off federal assets the government has no Constitutional authority to own."
George W. Bush -- Pledged to fulfill the solemn commitment of Social Security; no reduction in benefits for retirees or near retirees Called for dedicating all Social Security money to Social Security. Washington Post report: May 15 ?? "George W. Bush called today for dramatic changes in Social Security and Medicare, the government's two biggest entitlements programs, including the creation of personal retirement accounts that he said would extend the solvency of Social Security and allow all Americans to create wealth."
Alan Keyes -- Believes we must "trust the capacity of people to make the right judgments about how to use their own money to provide for retirement..."
Albert Gore Jr. -- Would protect. Wants to invest 62 percent of the budget surplus to keep Social Security going until 2055. Wants to work with Congress to maintain Social Security at least through 2075, but is wary of risky tax schemes. Acoording to an AP report on May15, 2000``You shouldn't have to roll the dice with your basic retirement security,'' Gore argued that the government ultimately will wind up bailing out those whose investments don't pan out. Gore would use savings from paying down the national debt to pump more money into the program and maintain Social Security much as it is today.
- Harry Browne -- "I would make government so small that we can repeal the income tax and not replace it..."
George W. Bush -- "This is not only no new taxes, this is tax cuts, so help me God..."
Alan Keyes -- Wants to abolish the "socialist" income tax by replacing it with a national sales tax.
Albert Gore Jr. -- Wants to keep interest rates low and investment rate high. Aims for a balanced budget every year. Wants to continue "reinventing government" to eliminate wasteful spending.
- Harry Browne -- "I believe you should be free to buy whatever you want from whoever is willing to sell it to you, anywhere in the world.
George W. Bush -- Called for eliminating trade barriers and tariffs everywhere so "the whole world trades in freedom..."
Alan Keyes -- Advocates trade controls. Believes that free government is more important than free trade.
Albert Gore Jr. -- Free Trader.
You can vote libertarian and end up with just the opposet of what you really want. Or vote for the GOP and get better than 80% of your wish list fulfilled...